sync open chrome tabs

You start browsing in Chrome on your computer, but you have to leave before you’re done. No worries. You can sync open Chrome tabs across your devices. Tabs you have open on your Windows or Mac computer are also accessible on your phone and tablet, whether they’re iOS or Android devices.

Today, we’ll show you how to sync open Chrome tabs across devices and access those tabs on each of your devices.

Sign Into Google To Sync Open Chrome Tabs Across Devices

In order to sync open Chrome tabs across your devices, you need to sign into the same Google account in Chrome on each device. We’ll show you how to do this on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.

Windows & Mac

The process for logging into your Google account on Windows and Mac is the same. We used Chrome in Windows to show the process.

Open Chrome and click the profile button in the upper-right corner of the window. Then, click “Sign in to Chrome“.

Click Sign in to ChromeEnter your Gmail address on the “Sign in to Chrome” dialog box and click “Next“.

Enter email address in Chrome

Enter your password on the dialog box and click “Next“.

Enter password for email address in Chrome

If you’ve set up two-factor authentication on your Google account, you’ll see the following dialog box. Tap “Yes” in the Google app to complete the sign in process.

Two-factor authentication in Chrome on Windows

On the “You’re now signed in to Chrome” dialog box, click “OK, Got it“.

You are now signed in to Chrome on Windows

Now, you need to make sure open tabs are synced. Click the menu button (three vertical dots) and select “Settings” from the drop-down menu.

Select Settings in Chrome on Windows

On the “Settings” tab, click “Advanced sync settings“.

Click Advanced sync settings in Chrome on Windows

Make sure the “Open tabs” box is checked and click “OK“.

You can also sync other browsing data, such as bookmarks, history, and passwords.

Click the “X” button on the “Settings” tab to close it.

Select Open tabs on Advanced sync settings dialog box

iOS & Android

The process for logging into your Google account on iOS and Android is mostly the same. We used Chrome on iOS to show the process, and we’ll show the one difference between iOS and Android.

Open Chrome and tap the menu button (three vertical dots) in the upper-right corner of the screen.

Tap the menu button in Chrome for iOS

Tap “Recent Tabs” on the pop-up menu.

Tap Settings on menu in Chrome for iOS

Tap “Sign in to Chrome” at the top of the screen.

Tap Sign in to Chrome on iOS

On the “Sign in to Chrome” screen, select a Google account. If the account you want to use is not on the list, tap “Add Account“, follow the on-screen instructions, and then select the added account. Tap “Continue“.

Tap Continue in Chrome for iOS

On the next screen, tap “OK, Got it“.

Tap OK, Got It in Chrome for iOS

The account you’re syncing is listed at the top of the “Settings” screen.

Now, you need to make sure open tabs are synced. Tap on the box with your name and Gmail address.

Tap the name box in Chrome Settings on iOS

Then, tap “Sync“.

Tap Sync in Chrome for iOS

Make sure the “Open tabs” option is on (the slider button should be blue). If “Sync Everything” is on, the “Open tabs” option is automatically on. You can also sync other browsing data, such as bookmarks, history, and passwords.

Tap “Done” to return to the main browser screen.

If you’re using an Android device, tap the back arrow in the upper-left corner of each screen until you are returned to the main browser screen.

Tap the Open tabs option in Chrome for iOS

Access Chrome Tabs From Other Devices

Now that you’ve signed in to the same Google account on all your devices, Chrome will automatically sync open Chrome tabs across your devices. We’ll show you how to access those synced tabs on each device.

Windows & Mac

The process for accessing synced open tabs in Chrome is the same on Windows and Mac. Open Chrome and click the menu button (three vertical dots) in the upper-right corner of the window.

Move your mouse over “History” on the drop-down menu. All your “Recently closed” tabs in Chrome on your computer are listed. Below that, you’ll see other devices listed. Only devices where you logged into your Google account in Chrome are listed.

Websites open on tabs on each device are listed. To open a website that’s open on a tab on another device, click that website in the list. The website opens on a new tab.

Open tabs from other devices in Chrome for Windows

iOS

To access synced open tabs in Chrome on your iOS device, open Chrome and tap the devices button in the lower-right corner of the screen.

Tap Devices button in Chrome for iOS

The “Recent Tabs” screen lists the “Recently closed” tabs on the current device first. Scroll down to find all the currently open tabs in Chrome on your other devices. To open one of the websites from another device, tap on the website name in the list.

Tap a tab from another device in Chrome for iOS

Android

To access synced open tabs in Chrome on your Android device, open Chrome and tap the menu button (three vertical dots) in the upper-right corner of the screen.

Tap the menu button in Chrome for Android

Tap “Recent tabs” on the menu.

Tap Recent tabs in Chrome for Android

You’ll see “Recently closed” tabs listed first. Scroll down to find all the currently open tabs in Chrome on your other devices. To open one of the websites from another device, tap on the website name in the list.

Tap a tab from another device in Chrome for Android

What other browsing data, besides open tabs, do you sync in Chrome across your devices? Let us know in the comments.

Lori Kaufman

Freelance technical writer living in the Sacramento, CA area. A gadget and tech geek who loves to write how-to articles about a wide range of topics. Loves watching and reading mysteries, cross stitching, attending musical theatre, and is an avid Doctor Who fan.